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Oracle® 11g For Dummies® by Michael Wessler, Chris Ruel, Chris Zeis

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Introduction

If you are reading this text, chances are you're considering throwing yourself into the wonderful world of Oracle database administration. The good news is, you have come to right place. The bad news? Well, it's not really bad news ... but you have quite an adventure ahead of you. Luckily, the authors of this book, your guides in this adventure, can help smooth out any bumpy roads. With over 35 years of combined Oracle experience, we hope to make understanding the Oracle database a fun, enlightening experience.

Oracle is large company with a diverse portfolio of software. It's constantly growing too. It seems like every other week Oracle releases some slick new product or acquires another company. Don't let the overwhelming nature of the big picture discourage you. This book imparts a fundamental knowledge of the basics of database administration. An Oracle career is a constant learning process. Establishing a solid understanding of the building blocks behind the database engine will vault you into a successful Oracle career.

You might be interested to know that the rock behind all of Oracle's products is almost always the database. Take comfort in knowing that in the database world, Oracle is the best. Learning the database is the first step to opening an awful lot of doors for you. Starting at this level is key. After reading this book, you will be well on your way to an interesting career filled with challenges and plenty of opportunity.

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